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Children’s and Family Events

Instinctively Wild outdoor and bushcraft activities are a chance for children and families to have fun in the fresh air, and rediscover their inner Ray Mears!

All our activities are based on the Forest School ethos, and run by trained and experienced leaders.

Activities depend on the time of year, and take place at various locations around the country.

Children’s Holiday Activities

children's outdoor holiday activities

Eco-Kids tree climbing

Join Instinctively Wild’s popular Eco-Kidz sessions to learn how to build a shelter, gather wild food, make string from nettles, cook on a campfire, use tools. Get to know the woodland using your different senses, hunt for mini beasts, play games, identify trees and flowers… and discover your wild side!

Aimed at 8- to 14-year-olds, Eco-Kidz week-long sessions are a fun way for children to learn about the environment through hands-on outdoor learning, bushcraft and environmental education. Sessions are delivered by our trained Forest Schools practitioners.

Planning for Eco-Kidz 2018 is well underway. Watch this space for dates and locations!

children's eco-themed parties

Children’s party

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Children’s Parties

For birthdays and celebrations, we run Instinctively Wild parties with a bushcraft and survival theme for children aged 8 to 14 (maximum number: 12).

Learn to light a fire and cook on it, build a shelter, make bows and arrows, create natural string, get muddy, and have loads of fun!

Our children’s bushcraft parties take place in woodlands in the Lothians or Borders:


Preston Grange (25 mins from central Edinburgh),

Yellowcraigs (43 mins from central Edinburgh)


South Park Woods, Peebles (54 mins from central Edinburgh),

Wooplaw (53 mins from central Edinburgh).

Costs: £260 for three hours. Please get in touch to discuss your requirements and find out more about what is included.

In our experience, three hours just whizzes by, so we offer the choice of a main activity in advance. This means we can properly prepare and make best use of the time for all concerned. The choice of main activities are:

  • “5-minutes fires” with fire steels (this actually takes about 1.5hrs to do properly!) and cooking sticky dough
  • Bows and arrows
  • Shelter-building
  • Tool usage – making kazoos , staffs, mallets
  • Client’s request.

In and around this we play lots of wide/environmental games, finishing with a sit round a camp fire with parents and friends.

festival activities for children

Children’s festival fun

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Festival Workshops and Events

Are you looking for trained facilitators to run eco-activities or natural play sessions at summer festivals? Instinctively Wild has been commissioned to run events at Lennoxlove Book Festival, Archerfield Walled Garden, SOLAS and Greenbelt.

We offer workshops and activities suitable for children and adults, including environmental art, make and take, natural play, storytelling and crafts. Please get in touch to discuss your festival needs.

‘Thank you ever so much for all you did to contribute to Greenbelt 2011 – the feedback we have had has been amazing, both on site from people, and also via email to the Greenbelt Office. All of the natural art looked wonderful!’ Alice Marie-Parker, Children’s Festival Organiser, Greenbelt

Now it’s your turn!

Contact us today to find out about our children's, family and festival events.

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